Sitthichai Defends Lightweight Championship
Against Tyjani Beztati at GLORY 53 Lille on May 12
Rematch between heavyweights Jamal Ben Saddik and Jahfarr Wilnis
to serve as GLORY 53 Lille co-headline bout
AMSTERDAM – GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced additional bouts for GLORY 53 Lille and GLORY 53 SuperFight Series, to take place at Zénith de Lille on Saturday, May 12.
“Killer Kid” Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (119-30-5, 32 KO, fighting out of Thailand) will headline GLORY 53 Lille, attempting to defend the GLORY lightweight championship for a record fourth time.
Sitthichai’s opponent is one of GLORY’s brightest young stars, as 20-year-old Tyjani “The Wonderboy” Beztati (16-2, 6 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) looks to dethrone the dominant champion.
Since debuting at GLORY 22 Lille in 2015, Sitthichai has compiled an 8-1 record within the organization, including wins over former champions Robin van Roosmalen and Davit Kiria, as well as title contenders Marat Grigorian, Dylan Salvador and Christian Baya.
Beztati has been busy since his GLORY debut in December of 2016, fighting seven times and winning six against increasingly tough competition. The Moroccan-Dutch phenom’s most recent victory came last month at GLORY 51 SuperFight Series in Rotterdam, where he defeated Anil Cabri via TKO.
In the GLORY 53 Lille co-headline bout, No. 4-ranked heavyweight Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik (32-6, 26 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) faces Jahfarr Wilnis (30-9-1, 8 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), ranked No. 9.
Ben Saddik and Wilnis have met once before, with the Dutch-Surinamese striker Wilnis winning by unanimous decision at GLORY 2 Brussels in 2012. Ben Saddik is coming off a memorable pay-per-view showdown with reigning heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in December. Winis last appeared for the promotion at GLORY 35 Nice in November of 2016.
Plus, the world’s best female strikers square off as Anissa Meksen (94-3, 30 KO, fighting out of France) makes the first defense of her super bantamweight championship, facing countrywoman Amel “Huch Huch” Debhy (29-1, 11 KO, fighting out of France).
Two bouts originally slated for GLORY 53 SuperFight Series will instead take place later in the evening during GLORY 53 Lille.
“The Professor” Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (158-36-2, 26 KO, fighting out of Thailand) and Abdellah Ezbiri get GLORY 53 Lille started with featherweight action.
Kiatmookao is ranked No. 2 following his head-kick finish of Zougarry, a “Knockout of the Year” contender, at GLORY: Redemption in December. Ezbiri earned his No. 4 ranking by defeating both Hlali and Boynazarov during the GLORY 47 Lyon featherweight contender tournament.
Then, in a match-up that’s sure to produce fireworks, heavy-handed Zinedine “Good Boy” Hameur-Lain (57-15, 36 KO, fighting out of France) defends home turf against knockout artist Michael “Dreamcrusher” Duut (42-9, 29 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands). Hameur-Lain and Duut are the light heavyweight division’s third and fourth-ranked competitors, respectively.
The complete five-fight card for GLORY 53 Lille can be found below:
GLORY 53 Lille
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) vs. Tyjani Beztati
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
Super Bantamweight Title Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) vs. Amel Dehby
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Abdellah Ezbiri
GLORY 53 Lille will be carried:
- Saturday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT – Live on ESPNews
- Sunday, May 13 at 4 a.m. ET / 1 a.m. PT – ESPN2 Replay
- Monday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT – ESPN2 Replay
- Sunday, June 3 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT – ESPN Deportes (Spanish-language broadcast)
Former GLORY welterweight champion and French-favorite Cédric “The Best” Doumbé (68-6-1, 39 KO, fighting out of France) headlines GLORY 53 SuperFight Series, will battle Aruba’s Eyevan “Mister Cool” Danenberg (28-6, 13 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).
Doumbé enters the bout looking to regain his championship form against a rising prospect. Danenberg is ranked No. 5 following welterweight contender tournament wins over Jimmy Vienot and Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 51 Rotterdam in March.
Originally scheduled to compete in the GLORY 52 Los Angeles middleweight contender tournament, No. 1-ranked Yousri Belgaroui (23-4, 11 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) and No. 3-ranked Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (30-8-1, 8 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) will now square off in the GLORY 53 SuperFight Series co-headline bout. The winner of this bout will earn a title shot, facing GLORY middleweight champion Alex Pereira on an upcoming fight card.
Twenty-one-year-old phenom Mohammed “The Destroyer” Jaraya (70-6, 36 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) returns after a successful welterweight debut, taking on veteran Alan”Superboy” Scheinson (49-5, 37 KO, fighting out of Argentina).
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series will also feature the previously announced one-night, four-man featherweight contender tournament.
One half of the tournament bracket remains intact, as former featherweight title-holder Serhii Adamchuk (35-9, 14 KO, fighting out of Amsterdam), ranked first in the division, takes on French-Moroccan fighter Azize “The Magician” Hliali (17-14-1, 2 KO, fighting out of France).
Featherweights Anvar Boynazarov and Zakaria Zouggary have been replaced by French-born Victor “Leo” Pinto (74-28, 23 KO, fighting out of Thailand) and Turkish newcomer Buray Bozaryilmaz (38-7, 10 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), who will meet in the other tournament semifinal bout.
The complete six-fight card for GLORY 53 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Eyevan Danenberg
Middleweight No. 1 Contender Co-Headline Bout: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Jason Wilnis
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson vs. Mohammed Jaraya
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto vs. Buray Bozaryilmaz
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 12.
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